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Unformatted text preview: es racing to beat the evil Russians to the moon. And now that a couple of shuttles have
exploded, watching launches is a little nerve-racking. NASA lost the American public's interest at least a
decade ago. It can take some blame no visionary came up with some new, totally ridiculous challenge.
Then government money dwindled, and NASA became a political football. It still is. Blame can also go to
the American public, and the education system. Somewhere along the way, aspiring to be a rocket
scientist became ''uncool'', replaced the desire to be punched in the face on a reality TV show. I don't
think there's much hope for NASA. We can't live on Mars, visit the Sun, or leave the solar system to fight
other life forms until some genius invents warp speed. And I'm not sensing that America's youth are
turning away from posting pics of themselves on Facebook or tweeting about lunch for a life in science
NASA's only real hope of a return to the spotlight is the discovery of an asteroid that's going to crash
into earth and kill some or all of us. That'll get the public interested in space flight. Meanwhile, take a
moment to look at the sky tonight. A truly remarkable piece of technology with humans on board will roar by
every 90 minutes on one last mission. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Space Apathy – Congress & Public (2/2) The public doesn’t care about space – No challenge and view it as bureaucratic
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(“The Fading Final Frontier” November 4, Lexis, accessed June 27, 2011, EJONES)
We have all heard the expression "space, the final frontier." Over the past several decades the space age
has matured, and the general public and the government have been pressed to address many other
areas of interest and concern. There is now a question on our minds: "Is space still an important frontier?" In
other words, has a new final frontier appeared on the horizon? To answer these let's consider the history of
the space age from its beginnings. On that October day in 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik I, the
western world was hit by shock and awe. This was definitely a wake up call and it certainly got our
attention. The next response was determination. The U.S. had the will and public support for an unlimitedbudget, all-out space race. Apollo was the result and the race was over by 1969. The pressure was off
and no one was in a space race anymore. NASA was 12 years old and still lean and mean, but had no
mandate to continue to wow the world. Bureaucratic creep slowly took over, and soon programs were
being designed by political committees and bean counters. The public lost interest in human space
flight and NASA lost congressional support for exploration, except when jobs in districts were at stake.
NASA has now become a mature and politically driven government agency. Human space exploration
programs are essentially jobs programs. For example, Constellation has been cancelled, but congress is
yelling for a new large booste...
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